The Black Keys are gearing up to hit the road this fall, and they’re bringing some very special friends along for the ride!
The 31-date trek, dubbed the “Let's Rock Tour,” gets underway September 23 in Denver, CO and includes stops in Minneapolis, Nashville, Brooklyn, and Orlando. A final show at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA will wrap things up on November 23 before the guys head north of the border for one last performance on November 24 in Vancouver.
It’s been a week full of good news for fans of The Black Keys, who just released their new single “Lo/Hi” last Wednesday. The song is the band’s first new music since their LP Turn Blue hit shelves in 2014.
Who Are The Black Keys?
Blues-rock outfit The Black Keys got their start in 2001 as an independent act hailing from Akron, OH. The duo, made up of Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums), started from humble beginnings, recording in basements and self-producing their records including their debut album The Big Come Up in 2002. The album earned the two a record deal, and over the next decade The Black Keys worked tirelessly touring small clubs around the country and building a loyal underground fanbase.
Their commercial breakthrough would finally arrive in 2010 with the release of their sixth studio album Brothers. The album shot to the top of the charts on the strength of their massive hit single “Tighten Up,” earning the pair three Grammy Awards. El Camino followed in 2011, debuting at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 and earning widespread critical acclaim. The album along with its hit single “Lonely Boy” garnered another three Grammy Awards for the two. Their eighth album Turn Blue arrived a few years later in 2014, becoming their first number-one record in the US, Canada, and Australia.
The Black Keys are considered one of the most popular garage-rock acts to emerge from a second-wave of the genre’s revival in 2010. Their blues-heavy sound draws on influences from several of Auerbach’s favorite artists including Junior Kimbrough, Howlin’ Wolf, and Robert Johnson.